meternity book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Meternity is a very interesting story. Our main character, Liz, has to pretend to be pregnant just to get some well-deserved flexibility at her job. The women who have children seem to be favored and are allowed to leave on time, while everyone else works overtime without pay, recognition or even gratitude from the boss. Single women, especially, are expected to stay long hours, pick up everyone else’s slack, and gently put their life on pause for the good of the team.

Liz works at a magazine called Patty Cakes that caters to new moms. Her circle of friends includes Ford, Addison, and Brie (A & B). She also has a few enemies, like her bosses Cynthia and Alix. Liz tries to get ahead at her job and envies the moms. An accidental lie about being pregnant results in her leading a double life–faking her pregnancy with a cloth baby bump by day, and looking for a PH (read: Potential Husband) in New York’s bars with her pals by night.

Liz has many near misses in her search for the right guy, like Gavin, the Australian hunk, and Ryan, who works in a similar industry. Unfortunately, they are also on different emotional pages and can’t get it together long enough for a relationship.

Note to Liz: have “the talk “about where the relationship is eventually going before sexual favors commence. If you haven’t guessed, Liz might be a bit loose with her morals, but she’s not much different from most women today who believe what the feminists said, and want to have sexual equality with men (read: sleeping around).

Liz, like many women her age, has a strained relationship with her parents, and can’t find or keep a decent man. She is also constantly bullied by her bosses. I liked the mature transformation that Liz went through in the story, and she used her narrative skills to think aloud, and sort and resort her problems in her head to the benefit of the reader. She becomes more of an independent woman, and less of a girl running around with her “pack”. As an aside, I personally don’t think women have to sleep with everyone in town just to find a man. But enough about me…..

All in all, Liz finds happiness and really learns to love her life. She also learns the fine art of forgiveness, and understands that she needs to be more present in her own life. The last section of the book includes a question-and-answer session with the author, as well as questions for a group / book club discussion.

I recommend the book to any woman wanting to read about another woman’s (sexual, emotional, physical, etc.) transformation. If you are a feminist, you will love this book. If you are not a feminist, you will still like seeing Liz become a mature woman, ready to make her own decisions. Definitely the best of both worlds.

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by MIRA. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.